Jeremy Flores Gives Update on Ankle Injury and ASP in 2010

CAPBRETON, France  – Jeremy Flores (Capbreton/New Caledonia, FRA), 21, has pulled out of the last couple of events of the ASP World Tour stopping his 2009 season right after the Quiksilver Pro France. Suffering from an ankle injury and already speaking about surgery, the best French and European surfer ever will not compete in any other event this year, and is currently running from one doctor to another.

ASP European Junior champion in 2005, ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) champion in 2006, ASP Rookie of the Year in 2007 and ISA World Champion in 2009, Flores has already broken all records of France’s and Europe’s surfing history, at 21-years-old only. With a bright future ahead, the youngest surfer ever to qualify for the elite ASP Top 45 (at 18, in 2007) sends a few words and an update about his situation.

“I have a few different injuries all affecting one of my ankles. I have a small fracture and the ligament I hurt more than a year ago in Bali hasn’t healed yet… I’ve been meeting with a lot of doctors and surgeons all specialized in sports and the French Surfing Federation’s medical team is also helping out. AT this stage, I have absolutely no idea how long this whole thing will take.

That ankle injury seems to last forever and I hurt it again ten days before heading to Trestles (for the Hurley Pro) while in Mexico on a surf trip. It’s a bit tough right now to stay out of the water, spending all this time with specialists, but it’s to make sure I can get back to competition as soon as possible so it’s positive. On the other hand, I have been hindered by this pain for too long and I was really tired of surfing at 60% of my potential at every event. The only guarantee I have is that it’s going to be hard work to get back to my best.

The Quiksilver Pro France is so important for me but I shouldn’t have surfed in it. I tried my best and hopefully people saw it but looking back on it, it wasn’t a good decision to compete there. It’s the kind of mistakes I will not do again, that’s for sure.

Apart from all this, it’s looking like 2010 is going to bring lots of changes for the ASP World Tour. I think it’s very positive to see the sport of surfing evolve in general. I haven’t had the time to sit down and think about all the changes that have been announced, I’m too focused and worried about my ankle at the moment. I’m just hoping to be back at 100% on the ASP World Tour for 2010.”